Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport (SCL) Guide
Directions & Transportation
- Official taxis, marked blue with official identification, are available from outside the airport?s ground floor at both terminals, running to destinations in and around the Santiago.
- Buses serve uptown and downtown Santiago. Minibuses departing from the airport offer a door-to-door service throughout Santiago.
- There are many options available to travelers arriving and leaving the airport: car; bus; limousines and taxi services.
- Airport Info:
- The airport has two information desks, one on the first floor at Arrivals and another on the third floor at Departures. There are a number of airport ?ambassadors? available to assist passengers with flight schedules; flight gate information; shop and restaurant information. They walk around the terminal dressed in corporate colours.
- Trolleys are available in both terminals at no charge. Left-luggage is available 24 hours in the National Terminal.
- The airport has several ATM's and bureaux de change located throughout the building. It also has three full service banks: two in the main building and one in the cargo area.
- More Services:
- The post office is located on the first floor. Telephones and Internet kiosks are found throughout the airport. There is a pharmacy on the third floor of the National Terminal and a medical services centre is found on the first floor of the International Terminal.
- Eating & Drinking:
- There are a number of shops in the International Terminal, including: gift shops; book shops; newsagents, wine shops; duty-free shops; and jewellery and handicraft stores, and duty-paid shopping in the National Terminal.
- There are a range of licensed bars and restaurants; fast-food outlets; coffee shops; and snack bars located throughout the airport, catering to almost any requirements.
- Business Facilities:
- A business centre, equipped with a meeting room and cafe, is situated in the International Terminal. Videoconferencing; fax; Internet; and computer workstation services are available in the busuness centre. There is also a large meeting room that can accommodate up to 40 people, and offers a private bathroom; video; TV; and transparency facilities, is available for hire.
- Disabled Facilities:
- The airport is designed with visual; hearing; and tactile facilities for disabled passengers. They include wheelchair-accessible Braille lifts and telephones; adapted bathrooms; and elevators with speakers and emergency lights. Wheelchairs are available on request from individual airlines and passengers should inform their airline before traveling.
- Airlines Served:
- Aeroflot, Avinaca, Aerolineas Argentinas, Cubana de Aviacion, Aeroperu, Iberia, SAS, American Airlines, Anvant, British Airways, Lufthansa, Ecuatoriana, Pluna, Alta, Lan Chile, Ladeco, Lloyd Aereo Boliviano, Vasp, National Airlines, Alitalia, Lapsa, Tame, United, Varig, Air France, KLM, Swissair.
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- Activities near the Airport:
- Travelers delayed at the airport can take a taxi or bus into Santiago, once there any of the folllowing acttractions can easily be reached. Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino - Bandera 361 - This museum is housed in the old Royal Customs House that was built in 1807, and is one of the best museums in Chile. There over 1,500 objects on display, including textiles; metals; paintings; figurines; and ceramics spread through seven exhibition rooms. Parque Forestal - Found in the centre of Santiago - This beautiful and well looked after park was built in 1900, it is a great place to go and relax, getting away from all the hustle and bustle of traveling. The winding path takes you past many great attractions, and makes for a lovely 1 to 2 hour stroll, especially on a sunny afternoon when the air is clear. Jardin Zoologico - Parque Metropolitano - This surprisingly diverse zoo features more than 200 species of mammals; reptiles; and birds . It's a great place to bring the children if they are bored of all the traveling. Admission is $3 for adults and 75¢ for children.